There is a lot going on with this Father’s Day water color card I made last night but I really love how it turned out. The beautiful swan stamp is from UnityStamp company as well as the sentiment from a really great stamp set called Grow in Grace. The sentiments are awesome in this set!
I started out by stamping the image onto Strathmore 140 lb. water color paper and brought it to life with my Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors. I enhanced the details a bit with a copic fine tip marker and I feathered in some additional white highlights on the swan with my prisma color white pencil. I really love the texture in the background with the embossed craft paper and I think adding a gold embossed gilded edge gave it a really nice touch.
Painting the image was the easy part…I often struggle with how to put the card together once the focal piece is complete. I did not have any thoughts about what the finished card would look like when I started this project…so it was trial and error. I decided that the standard A2 size (4.25 x 5.5 inch) card was not big enough. It was just too cramped and I didn’t want to cover up much of the focal point so I decided to go with a slightly larger card base. This one is 4.5 x 6.5″. This meant making a custom sized envelope which I actually love doing and using an envelope punch board makes it super easy. I stamped the same swan image on the front of the envelope in a light brown ink which ties it together nicely with the card.
Making larger envelopes means having some 12 x 12″ card stock on hand because the standard 8.5 x 11 is too small. I LOVE making custom envelopes. Rather than using plain/solid colored card stock, try using some of your patterned papers that have subtle images. You’ll love the results!
This weekend I played around with a new stamp called Citrus Trimmings from Studio Katia that I just L.O.V.E ! This style of stamp is not typical for me – I tend to lean more toward florals but for some reason I just knew I had to have this one.
Knowing when to scrap a project and start over versus spending the extra time in trying to fix a mistake is a constant struggle for me. Especially in cases where there is quite a lot of effort put into the project leading up to the dreaded mistake or design flaw.
For example, the image below shows a couple of practice cards where I was playing with the layout and how I wanted the card designed. If you are familiar with the masking technique, you already know that it can be a bit tedious and planning is super important. You have to know which images to mask off and when before you stamp and so I took a few minutes to practice on a few cards before I settled on my final design which is the colored panel in the below image.
I recently discovered stamps designed by Catherine Scanlon (produced by Art Gone Wild) and I was SO hooked! I purchased several of her stamps but this one called 15 Orbs was the first one I saw and it caught my eye immediately. It was screaming water color me, so I inked it up on some 140 lb watercolor cardstock and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. One of the things I loved about this stamp is the center orb was left blank. I pondered for a few days on what to put inside that empty orb, and even asked for help from my IG peeps. Someone suggested the word bloom and it was perfect! I absolutely love how this turned out and instead of making it into a card, I framed it. It’s sitting on the buffet in my front room at the moment but this baby is making its way to my Arizona house on our next visit.
I love February…for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s the month I celebrate my birthday and for the most part I really enjoy my birthday. Second of all it’s a reminder that March is right around the corner and that means GOLF season is almost here. (YAY!) Thirdly…I get to make a lot of birthday and Valentine’s Day cards. I start making holiday cards around October and make nothing but Thanksgiving Cards and Christmas cards for what seems to be weeks on end. Don’t get me wrong, I love making Christmas cards, but let me tell ya, by the time January rolls around I am READY to put away my snowflakes, holly berries and Santa stamps.